Jordan Leggett has waited almost his whole life for the chance to play in the NFL.
He had to wait a little bit longer than expected but his dream of playing professional football came true Saturday afternoon as the New York Jets selected the former Navarre football standout in the fifth round. The tight end was the sixth pick of the round and the 150th pick overall.
Projected to go in the fourth round, Leggett becomes the first player from Navarre to make it to the NFL.
Leggett could have gone to the draft in 2016 but opted to return to school for his senior season in order to finish work on his degree and help the Tigers take another stab at the national title.
His roll of the dice paid off. Leggett came through with another solid season and helped achieve his goal of winning a title as he helped lead Clemson to a 35-31 come-from-behind win over Alabama.
Leggett caught seven passes for 95 yards, including a 17-yard catch where he stretched out to make the play and give Clemson a crucial first down inside the 10-yard line.
Four plays later, the Tigers scored to secure their first championship since 1981.
The ride has been a crazy one ever since for Leggett, who has been busy since the title game. He spent time training through the EXOS program at the Andrews Institute and then hit the NFL Combine. He also attended Clemson’s pro day, has worked out for several NFL teams and has done his fair share of autograph sessions
In between all of that, he found a little time to relax. But now it’s back to work as he’ll join a Jets team that was 5-11 a year ago, finishing last in the AFC East.
Leggett finished his senior year with 46 catches for 736 yards and seven touchdowns and said the extra year in college made him an all-around better player. He finished his college career with more than 100 catches and nearly 1,600 yards and caught 18 touchdown passes.